Michaela Brumbaugh: A Testimonial, a Journal Entry, and a Poem

WRFI loves receiving updates from our alumni!  It’s particularly meaningful to hear about how their courses have impacted their lives once they’re back at home.  Michaela is a University of Arizona student and participated on WRFI’s 2012 “Wild Rockies Summer Semester.” ————————————- When Bethany Swanson first came into my anthropology class, the upper division course that

Poetry of Place: Alaska Rainforest 2012 Group Poem

November 7, 2012
Going home but never forgetting, I rose in a rainforest every morning. Thinking back to the crescendo of ecology, the harmony of nature, the syncopation of landscape, the rhythm of wilderness. It’s beauty will forever call to me for I find I cannot live without thee. Dig your spirit in the sand and consider that

Anna Finkenauer: Life, Simplified

It stands before me; green, waist high and threatening explosion. Pressure from within is causing bulging and stretching on its surface. It weighs 50, maybe 55 pounds, but has the ability to make me crumble underneath it. No, it is not some crazy backcountry creature. It is my backpack, my source of survival for our

Catie DeMets: The Bob Marshall

On September 1st, the day after our uphill climb, we awoke to a stunning sunrise in the mountain meadow at the Nanny Creek headwaters. It rained the night before, clearing the summery smoke blown toward us from a forest fire in Idaho and making way for autumn. Indeed, the chilly y air had a decidedly

Rosie Macy: The Bob Marshall

August 31st, 2012 was the second day of our backpacking expedition in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area; little did we know, it would also be the most grueling and difficult. By the time we set out, I was already in poor spirits: I had woken up uncomfortable and exhausted, due to a deflated sleeping pad.
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